They say that good things come to those who wait, and for Colusa’s Nick Price, that adage couldn’t be truer, as the senior recently signed on to play football at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, an NAIA school that participates in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Price initially thought his playing days were over, and was ready to move on and focus solely on academics having been accepted at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, before he got the call from Concordia.
“I sent my film cut to coaches not thinking anything would come of it, but the Concordia coach sent me an offer so I accepted it,” said Price, who then made a whirlwind trip to visit the campus and decided it was a fit for him.
“I only got to meet some of my teammates, but they were all really nice and welcoming,” Price said.
Colusa coach Mikey Badaluco foresees the Bulldogs using Price in the slot position, moving him around to create mismatches similar to the way the 49ers use Deebo Samuel, as he explained.
“Nick is not as bruising as some players, but he can beat you in multiple ways,” said Badaluco. “He can get around the edge on sweeps and is a threat in all three phases of the pass game. He is one of those rare athletes that gets faster when the ball is in his hands.”
Price will pursue a degree in business and is of course excited about the opportunity, but knows that relocating to the Midwest comes with challenges particularly in regard to weather, which during football season can range from 78° at the start in September to 19° when it concludes in December. ■